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The Twilight Zone: What's in the Box

A man tries to explain to his wife, her death he witnessed after turning on the TV set.

Episode Info

Episode number: 5x24
Production Number: 2635
Airdate: Friday March 13th, 1964

  • Currently 5.3/10
5.3/10 (3 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Joan Blondell
As Phyllis Britt
William Demarest
As Joe Britt
Sterling Holloway
As TV Repairman

Co-Guest Stars
Sandra Gould
As Woman
Howard Wright
As Judge
Herbert Lytton
As Dr. Saltman

Douglas Bank
voiced Prosecutor
John L. Sullivan (3)
As Russian Duke
Ron Stokes
As Car Salesman
Ted Christy
As Panther Man
Tony Miller (1)
voiced Announcer
Main Cast
Rod Serling
As Narrator/Host


Cabbie Joe Britt is at home eating dinner and complaining to his wife Phyllis. She thinks he’s having an affair and he flees into the living room where the TV repairman is working on the TV. As Joe waits to watch his wrestling, he tells the repairman not to rip him off. The TV repairman abruptly says he’s finished and that the work is on his own. After the man leaves, Joe tunes in his channel and gets a new channel, 10. He starts to call in Phyllis, but realizes that the TV channel is showing his mistress complaining to him about how long she’s been waiting...

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Episode Notes
Douglas Bank was also in ''I Am the Night - Color Me Black.''

Howard Wright was also in ''The Jungle.''

Sandra Gould is also in ''Cavender is Coming.'' She may be best known as Mrs. Kravitz from Bewitched.

William Demarest may be best known for his role as Uncle Charlie in My Three Sons.

Episode Quotes
Opening Narration
Narrator: Portrait of a TV fan. Name: Joe Britt. Occupation: cab driver. Tonight, Mr. Britt is going to watch 'a really big show,' something special for the cabbie who's seen everything. Joe Britt doesn't know it, but his flag is down and his meter's running and he's in high gear--on his way to the Twilight Zone.

Woman: Marry me.
Joe Britt: Marry you? Oh, now, look, baby, we’re talking about two different things. Love is flowers and wine with the dinner. Marriage is a floor mop and two pounds of hamburger.
Woman: Oh, well, I don’t mind hamburger. With onions.

Closing Narration
Narrator: The next time your TV set is on the blink, when you're in the need of a first-rate repairman, may we suggest our own specialist? Factory-trained, prompt, honest, twenty-four-hour service. You won't find him in the phone book, but his office is conveniently located--in the Twilight Zone.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerRod Serling
ProducerWilliam Froug
EditorRichard W. Farrell
CastingLarry Stewart
Set DesignerHenry Grace
Set DecoratorFrank R. McKelvy
Director of PhotographyGeorge T. Clemens
Art DirectorEddie Imazu  |  George W. Davis
Production ManagerRalph Nelson
Sound EditorFranklin Milton  |  Joe Edmondson
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
Warning: The Twilight Zone season 5 episode 24 guide may contain spoilers
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